Have you been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault?

If you were injured or became sick and someone else was at fault, we're here to help.

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Every year, we help hundreds of people in East Calder, West Lothian and across the UK claim compensation for:

Am I entitled to make a personal injury claim?

It should be possible to make a compensation claim if you sustained an injury:

  • within the last three years, and;
  • another person was at least partly to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other considerations?

Yes. In reality, a number of factors can impact whether a successful no win, no fee claim will be possible, such as the type of illness or injury, whether a minor was injured or whether there is sufficient evidence to support your claim.

If you would like to find out if you have a claim, speak to us now on 0800 612 7456. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Online Claim Checker:

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Injury compensation calculator

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Road accident claims in East Calder

Drivers, pedestrians and riders may be able to start a claim for compensation if they are hurt on East Calder's roads due to someone else's negligence.

No matter if you were hurt in a crash on a roundabout, or were injured in a hit-and-run, we can help. This guide explains what you need to do to make a road accident claim.

Road accident claims

Work accident claims in East Calder

If you were injured at work through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation.

Whatever your job, whether you fractured a bone or have been exposed to toxic chemicals, our work accident claim guide explains your legal rights and how you can make a successful compensation claim.

Work accident claims

Other types of claim

Injuries in a public place

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work as a whole in 2015. They are often related to injuries filed under a different category such as being struck by machinery or a drowning accident. Public liability accident claims injuries like sprained ankles sustained on potholes are also common with dislodged paving slab trips having happened on Main St.

Public place accident claims

Industrial disease

Litigators can assist with securing compensation for a multitude of industrial illnesses that include anything from bladder cancer to asthma caused by grain.

Read more: No win, no fee industrial disease claim

Industrial disease claims

More claim types

The impact of a serious or catastrophic injury is acknowledged by solicitors and insurers when they are calculating injury compensation. By relieving the financial pressure a major injury imposes on a claimant and their family, compensation helps them to concentrate on recovery.

Read more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Other types of claim

East Calder No win, no fee Solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects injured claimants by ensuring that they will not need to pay any legal fees if their claim is unsuccessful. This agreement is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Under a CFA, East Calder injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront.

The Quittance No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in East Calder, West Lothian and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk to you.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer, before the claim process starts.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Experience matters

Specialist solicitors with an excellent track record of securing injury compensation for claimants.

Your lawyer will work hard to ensure you receive a compensation settlement that accurately reflects the pain, suffering and losses you have incurred as the result of your injury.

If would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, or have any questions at all, speak to us.

We are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Frequently asked questions

Has Quittance handled many East Calder claims?

Quittance is a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists claimants in East Calder, West Lothian and across the country, get compensated for their injuries.

Our specialist solicitors have helped 100's of injured claimants throughout West Lothian get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, including car accidents and ladder accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, our service is designed to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (where necessary) and an expert team, means you can focus on your recovery.

Is your service 100% No Win, No Fee?

Our no win, no fee service means that 100% of your legal fees are covered if your case is not successful. This means you will never be out of pocket.

Will I need to select a local East Calder solicitor ?

The location of a solicitor is not important as injury cases are normally run by phone, post and email.

However, you should go with a company that provides medical facilities near you as you will usually have to attend a medical examination.

Read more : Do Quittance offer medical home visits?

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for displaced metatarsal fractures, for example, ranges from £11,110 to £20,185 (based on 2015 market data).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

What should be considered when comparing East Calder solicitor reviews?

There is often no substitute for phoning a solicitor to discuss your case directly. Personal injury solicitor reviews are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

What are the road accident statistics in East Calder

Quittance's panel of best of breed no win, no fee solicitors are experienced in negotiating maximum settlements for people hurt in a car or motorcycle crash in East Calder.

Road accidents involving all vehicles in East Calder are common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 502 accidents (450 slight accidents, 47 serious accidents and 5 fatal accidents) in 2013 in West Lothian local authority. In 2014 total accidents had decreased to 414. Incidents in the East Calder region in 2013 included car crashes on the A71 and A899 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the B8046 and B7015 junction.

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Jonathan Speight, Senior litigator

About the author

Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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